The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, has tasked the board of the Nigeria Badminton Federation (BFN) on the promotion and discovery of talents at the grassroots level.
Usman, who spoke at the weekend while receiving the board of the federation, led by its president, Francis Orbih, urged the board to put in more efforts in repositioning the game in the country.
In a statement by Orbih, the Emir commended the board for its hard work in taking the game to the grassroots, especially the schools.
Orbih said that as part of efforts of the federation towards re-positioning badminton in Nigeria, the board has embarked on meeting state associations on how to improve the sport.
“Our desire is to bring in every stakeholder, in order to work towards securing sponsorship for both national and international competitions.
“We visited Kastina where we inspected the facilities both owned by government, as well as private individuals.
“The visit gave us the opportunity to assess of the game in the state, both in the area of facilities and awareness,’’ he said.
“The board is working hard to improve the game of badminton in Nigeria,’’ he assured.
Orbih, however, commended Malik Anas for promoting the game with the establishment of the Golden Star Badminton Club in Kastina state.
The president compared the club with badminton academies in other countries while appeaing to other well-meaning Nigerians to invest in the sport.
“The Golden Star Badminton Club has agreed to host and sponsor a Senior National Badminton Championship in November,’’ Orbih said.
He said that the board would also visit Kaduna, Bauchi, Delta, Lagos, Ogun, as well as the FCT, among others.